Tribute To Dad

A New Decade

Entering a new decade we are feeling grateful for the hurdles we have smashed and the opportunities ahead. The new year is a good time to fondly remember the man who gave life to the creatives responsible for ‘I Am Not A Brand’.

Frank Henry Cole was born 2nd January 1937, he died 14 years ago but without him ‘I Am Not A Brand’ would never have been.

Frank was the formative inspiration behind his two daughters Anna and Jayne who are the artists and creators of ‘I Am Not A Brand’. They grew up watching him in his workshop carefully painting letters as well as spray painting cars and fridges. He was not only a sign writer but could transform the family home, laying floors, building partition walls and decorating. He built a photographic dark room for his eldest daughter, in a shed in the garden. He even made dresses for his wife in the early years of their marriage. Frank was hard working, determined and creative.

New Skills

Franks passing lead his eldest daughter Jayne, to study for a degree in graphic design, something she wanted to do on leaving school and eventually signed up for in her mid 40’s. She created an illustration of her fathers life as part of a college project called Travellers Tales.

Frank Cole childhood illustration.

Frank Cole childhood illustration.

 

Frank Cole in the Merchant Navy illustration.

Frank Cole in the Merchant Navy illustration.

The work is a personal interpretation using mixed media including pastel prints and collage. It shows his life journey from childhood when he was an evacuee during WWII, his time as a sea cadet and at college studying sign writing. He spent much of his youth in the Merchant Navy and found himself on a ship blocked out of the Suez Canal during the crisis of 1956. He later joined the RAF, met Gillian at RAF Cottesmore, got married and was then stationed in Cyprus. Later, he returned to Melon Mowbray, Leicestershire and set up as a sign writer. He had many hobbies including sailing, bowling and archery.

Frank Cole in the RAF illustration.

Frank Cole in the RAF illustration.

 

Frank Cole hobbies and later years illustration.

Frank Cole hobbies and later years illustration.

The illustration was shortlisted for the Aesthetica Magazine Creative Works Competition and then published in the 2012 Annual.

The Creative Works Annual 2012 front cover.

The Creative Works Annual 2012 front cover.

The 'Tribute to Dad' illustration as published in Creative Works Annual 2012.

The ‘Tribute to Dad’ illustration as published in the Creative Works Annual 2012.

We like to think that Frank would be happy to see his daughters working together to build their own business doing something they have always loved.

New Events

You will find ‘I Am Not a Brand’ at the EKM #MicroBizMatters Day 10th January. Tickets are free for this event that celebrates small businesses with a series of talks, workshops and practical tips. We will be part of a small market of local businesses in the canteen area of the EKM Head Office, Caxton Road Fullwood, Preston.

New Winner

Sign up to our newsletter for a chance to win our quarterly prize draw. The December winner was Vanessa Sanderson who has won a £20 gift voucher to spend at I Am Not A Brand.
We have lots of exciting new designs to add to the website during 2020 so please keep a look out on the website as well as social media.
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Happy New Year

We thank you for your support throughout 2019 and look forward to getting to know you better in 2020. Please contact us by email jayne@iamnotabrand.gifts or on social media, or you can message us via the website with any questions or suggestions for the coming year.
We wish you a very happy and prosperous new year.

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